Clean your grills and pack your beach bags…it’s the official start of summer!

 Yes, Memorial Day is really here already.  Where does the time go?  Sorry for my lack of posts this week but I have been keeping very busy here in California.  We started out in San Diego and made our way up to L.A. and spent the last few days there.  We packed a lot in and slept a very minimal amount so that we could see everything we wanted to see in those few days….totally worth it!

Tuesday night we went to Santa Monica and hung out for a little bit and then drove to Pasadena and had dinner there.  Wednesday we hit up Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  Mr. Wishes also took me on a little detour to see the studio where “The Office” was filmed.  That was the highlight of my trip so far as that is my favorite show in the ENTIRE world.  I was over the moon!  We then met up with our friend Emily at night and hung out on her boyfriend’s sailboat for a while and chatted. Yesterday we went to Malibu and had a nice relaxing afternoon there and then visited the Santa Monica Pier one last time before heading back to San Diego.  I’m really loving it here…

I hope everyone gets to have some time to relax and spend down time with family this Memorial Day.  I also know that this holiday requires an abundance of food to celebrate, so I am giving you some ideas to help you out:

Main Course

Caprese Burgers on English Muffins with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Burgers & Balsamic Glaze on English Muffins

Cheeseburger Flatbread Melts. Variation of tacos and sloppy joes.

Cheeseburger Flatbread Melts

Appetizers and Side Dishes

Mango Guacamole with Cilantro for Cinco de Mayo Recipe

Key Lime Dip

Caprese on a Stick. Caprese salad on toothpicks Recipe

Caprese on a Stick

Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad made by Rachael Ray on the Food Network.

Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad

Summertime Grilled Corn, Chicken + Blueberry Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Summertime Chopped Salad

Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread

Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing

Hearty Beef Taco Salad

Hearty Beef Taco Salad

Desserts/Drinks

Key Lime Pie Dip Recipe. Key Lime pie in a dip form!

Key Lime Pie Dip

Frozen S'mores made with Perry's Peanut Butter Chip Frozen Yogurt

Frozen S’mores

Golden Graham S'mores Bars

Golden Grahams S’mores Bars

Buckeye Brownies made with Brownie Mix

Buckeye Brownies

Watermelon Lemon Cooler with Mint

Watermelon Lemon Cooler